The big news that shocked the WWE Universe this week was that Seth Rollins has been forced to vacate his WWE World Heavyweight Championship due to a knee injury which could keep him out for around nine months.
Regardless of what fans thought of Rollins’ reign as champion, it’s definitely upsetting to see perhaps one of the finest wrestlers in the company sustain a serious injury when he was enjoying being at the top of the company and enjoying a successful 2015.
As they say, the show must go on and the WWE have acted quick to sort out the championship picture, and at Survivor Series we will be crowning a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion in a tournament.
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Love him or hate him John Cena simply has to be the go-to option as he’s the most reliable star in the company.
The issue is that Cena is currently enjoying well-deserved time off, but the WWE could be forced to cut his break early and fill the Rollins void, and one way to do that would be for him to carry the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for a while before dropping it when the time is necessary.
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Fans will be quick to call for the likes of Daniel Bryan, but right now Bryan is probably the worst decision to go with as it’s clear he won’t be able to compete at his best on a weekly basis, whereas guys like Cena and Rollins do it every week.
He’s exactly the sort of champion we need right now in this difficult situation, and you don’t have to like Cena to understand why he’d be important in this situation.
The WWE have already been in contact with Brock Lesnar to have him return earlier than planned, according to Wrestlezone.com, although he’s currently on a big hunting trip in Canada.
The money will be no issue for the WWE if that’s what it takes but again, Lesnar is somebody valuable in this situation because he’s not only a legitimate champion, but he’s a star attraction which would make the fans want to tune in to see him in action.
The only issue would be how many more dates he works because it’s clear he won’t be on-screen on a weekly basis, which means it would be up to Paul Heyman to continue getting Lesnar and the championship over.
Maybe it’s time to finally pull the trigger and give Dean Ambrose a run as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
He’s more than ready for it because he’s one of the few who genuinely gets a solid reaction on a weekly basis, and most of the time he’s not even in action and when he is it’s in minor segments. I would say it’s definitely a risk right now because we’re unsure which direction he’d go in as a champion and which feuds are available for him.
It’s clear he’s being under utilised but with it being the WWE, who knows whether they’ll actually listen to the fans and give someone so over and so talented a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
This one looks like the option the WWE may go with, for a short while anyway as there is one final option out there for Survivor Series.
Reigns was scheduled to take on Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series after winning a Fatal 4 Way match, but obviously that’s not going to happen now which means Reigns is a guarantee for the tournament.
Survivor Series would be a key night for Reigns, not only because stars are born at the event but because at the start of the tournament we’ll understand whether Reigns is actually ready for the big one. The fans have said a lot about him still not being ready, but we’ll find that out once and for all come Survivor Series.
Just because somebody might win the tournament doesn’t mean they’ll leave Survivor Series with the championship because we have a ginger fella lurking about ready to cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Survivor Series looks like the perfect opportunity for the cash-in, if Rollins wasn’t injured then I don’t think he would have cashed in until next year but if the WWE was a heel champion who’ll get negative reactions on a weekly basis, don’t look further than Sheamus.
There is a way the WWE can do something really well, though, having Reigns win the tournament will be a good way to see whether the fans are on his side or not and if Sheamus cashes-in then the likelihood is Reigns could get a good reaction.
The WWE are definitely in an interesting situation right now, and only time will tell whether they make the right decision in crowning a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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